Those enrolled in the National Leadership Council learn and put into practice foundational leadership skills, grow spiritually alongside their friends and develop a love of service to mankind. Though students spend much of the program staying in touch remotely, there are two opportunities for them to come together each year.

What to expect

  • You will attend an annual All Class Retreat over Presidents Day weekend at the A/U Ranches, in Buena Vista, CO.
  • You will participate in two-week Summer Experiences
    • Year 1 – Orientation summer at the A/U Ranches in Colorado
    • Year 2 – Adventure expedition within the US
    • Year 3 – Service trip abroad
    • Year 4 – Internship within the Christian Science community (usually more than 2 weeks)
  • The NLC Alumni Initiative offers an optional service trip each summer


Upcoming National Leadership Council Events

DB NLC: All Class Retreat 2018 @ A/U Ranches
Feb 16 – Feb 19 all-day

NLC All Class Retreat 2018


Living Generously

You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.  (II Cor. 9:7-8, NLT)

Who: All Teens, plus Mentors and Parents of the graduating 2018 classes. Mentors from the 2019-2021 classes are invited if you have not previously attended an ACR (the 2021 class is encouraged to attend)

When: February 16th-19th, 2018 (Presidents Day Weekend)

Where: A/U Ranches in Buena Vista, CO

Travel: DiscoveryBound NLC staff will meet everyone at the airport and transport them between there and the A/U Ranches, both ways. Please plan for your flights (DEN) to arrive before 2 pm on Friday, Feb. 16th, and depart after 2 pm on Monday, Feb. 19th. Save your travel information to input during the registration process. 

Registration: Online registration is open from December 15th to January 15th. Each person must register so we can have an accurate headcount for the weekend. You will be responsible for covering your travel expenses and a nominal adult registration fee. You received an email with the registration link – we don’t announce it publicly.

Financial Assistance:  All teen financial aid runs through registration, so be sure to apply there if there’s a need. We aren’t able to offer separate parent or mentor assistance.

Adult Housing Options

As an Adult guest at the All Class Retreat, you have three housing options listed below. The A/U Ranch housing facilities are filled by the many teens in NLC, so we provide hotel accommodations in Buena Vista for all adults. Our staff manages the group reservation, resides at the hotel to provide guidance throughout the weekend, and provides shuttle transportation between the hotel and Ranch. We hope that all parents and mentors will appreciate this opportunity to be together. Due to the number of expected participants, we are not able to provide private, single-occupancy rooms. Please be in touch with our office if you have special housing needs that preclude you from sharing a room. We will do our best to honor roommate requests, or one will be assigned to you if you leave the text block blank.

In registration, you will select one of the following housing options:

  • Provide your own housing and transportation to/from the A/U Ranches each day.
  • Room with your spouse, or an adult mentor or parent of the same gender (requests accepted, or one will be assigned to you)
  • Cabin Chaperone – not guaranteed, and need to be approved by NLC staff – Chaperones share teen cabins with bunk beds and communal restroom facilities.  Chaperones are expected to help manage wake-up and bedtime activities.


Adventure Unlimited Gathering – Boise @ First Church Christ, Scientist
Mar 4 @ 11:15 am

Meet other Christian Scientists and talk with representatives from DiscoveryBound and the A/U Ranches about our year-round programs for youth, teens, families, 20s/30s and adults. Everyone is welcome – bring your friends to play GaGa and visit over pizza.

RSVP to Suzanne Swinnerton (contact info above) for our pizza count.

Download & Share the Flyer

Adventure Unlimited Gathering – Denver @ Adventure Unlimited HQ Building
Mar 10 @ 11:00 am

Join us for lunch and presentations from DiscoveryBound and the A/U Ranches, PLUS we’ll either go sledding or play GaGa, depending on the weather.

Being a part of NLC has sincerely changed me as a person. The program is so inspiring and makes we want to study Christian Science and helps me to gain a deeper understanding. The love and support that NLC has brought to my life is so comforting.
– NLC Teen Participant

Questions? Email or call 888.416.7348 x134